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Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins with Pecan Streusel

March 26, 2014

You know you’re a foodie when you express out loud how excited you are for spring/summer berries to arrive! And I’m telling you, this is pure, genuine excitement. I am such a weirdo.

Another plus of the oncoming fruits and veggies, is major sales on the frozen variety. I ain’t a hater on frozen fruits and veggies. In fact most of the time there really is no difference. Although, I must have been a farmer in a past life because despite the millions of cuts I get from all the thorns, I thoroughly enjoy berry picking. For now the frozen stuff will have to do since I have SEVEN bags in my freezer ($2.50 for a bag of organic frozen blueberries means Davs and Petunia go crazy!). Reminder, I come from a family where having five whole pineapples on your countertop is not out of the norm….

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins with Pecan Streusel

In celebration of bloobs season (which might I add isn’t until July, but you can never party too early!) I whipped up a batch of these babies. Actually, I whipped up two batches of these babies. Depending on who you ask, the first one was a flop. C on the other hand was obsessed with them. He told me they were one of his favourite things I’ve ever made. Just so you know, this was coming from a boy who ate 3 of them with a pint of ice cream on top. Everything tastes better with a pint of ice cream on top!

Round one really was delicious, but I’d describe them more as a “cake meets muffin” or “cuffin” if you prefer. Hard for me to advertise them to you guys when they were clearly having an identity crisis. So back to the drawing board I went. As it turns out, the extra maple syrup I initially added was not at all necessary and they came out way fluffier with no egg-yolk. I also upped the flour to make them more healthy muffin and less “cuffin”.

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins with Pecan Streusel 2

Personally, I’m a fan of round two so that’s what I’m posting, but if any of you are a die-hard cuffin fan you can email C at I’m sure he’d be happy to send the recipe to you.

How to Make Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Start by combining the dry ingredients: flour, rolled oats, coconut palm sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a larger bowl. In a different bowl combine the wet ingredients: coconut oil, almond milk, egg whites, applesauce and vanilla extract. Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir until combined. Stir in the blueberries. Fill a prepped muffin tin 3/4 full with the batter.

To make the streusel: Combine the pecans and coconut palm sugar. Add the coconut oil and use your hands to mix in the oil until the mixture is crumbly (official baking term).

Top the batter with the pecan streusel and bake for 20 minutes at 400º.


Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins with Pecan Streusel

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x


  • 1 cup gluten-free flour (or whole-wheat flour)*
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (GF if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 T coconut oil, melted (any oil will work)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 T unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

For the streusel:

  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped finely
  • 1 T coconut oil, solid (or butter)
  • 2 T coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin tin with cups or grease well with coconut oil.
  3. Combine flour, rolled oats, coconut palm sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl melt coconut oil and then add almond milk, egg whites, applesauce and vanilla extract.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just combined.
  6. Stir in blueberries.
  7. Combine pecans and coconut palm sugar. Add coconut oil and use your hands to cut oil into pecan-sugar mixture until it is crumbly.
  8. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full and top with pecan streusel.
  9. Bake for 20 mins.
  10. Remove from oven and let sit in tin for 5 mins before removing and allowing to cool completely on a wire rack.
  11. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for several months.


  1. I used the gluten-free flour blend from my Healthy Breakfast eCookbook

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins with Pecan Streusel - a delicious and whole-grain muffin recipe with a nutty and sweet pecan crumble. These are perfect for breakfast on the go or as a midday snack!

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  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    March 26, 2014 at 5:27 am

    I think streusel is something which brings a not particularly sweet tooth out rampant in full force! I think C’s dessert sounds borderline epic right about now.

    I remember that pineapple post. I love your family. Adopt me?

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    March 26, 2014 at 6:59 am

    I am so excited for berry season! It’s funny because I don’t even really like strawberries in the winter because the imported ones are so sour and tasteless – but the second they are at farmers’ markets I go crazy!

    Love the look of these muffins!

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    March 26, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I am basically on the edge of my seat waiting for berry season! When is it going to finally be heeerrreee?!?!

    These muffins are so fun! I’ve defintiely made multiple versions of things. And had the.boy and I disagree over which was best lol.

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    Elise @
    March 26, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Oh myyyy, anyway you can ship these to boston for me?!?!

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    Krista @ Tiny n Fit
    March 26, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Yum yum!! These look amazing!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    March 26, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Using only the whites? Blasphemy 😉 And heck YES to berry season! I’ve already been seeing strawberries on sale around these parts, which is all sorts of wonderful. Blueberries have my heart, though, so I’m looking forward to that a lot more.

    PS – e-mailing C…

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    Ksenija @ With An Open Mind
    March 26, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Berrie-season is just around the corner? Eeeeek, I am just as excited as you are! Give me blueberry-everything! I might need to convince the girls next door that I NEED to use their oven to make blueberry-muffins for everyone. And though cuffins with a minor identity-crisis sound tempting, I guess I can skip the yolk for this one – which will make a happy Lou, who usually gets my leftover yolks. Thanks from both of us.

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    March 26, 2014 at 8:09 am

    These look amazing, and I have most of the ingredients! If I have time I’m totally making them later.

    On an unrelated note, thanks in part to your encouragement – I truly experimented in the kitchen yesterday for the first time! The result isn’t blog-worthy, but it’s still a yummy snack! So thank you for being a fabulous foodie influence in my life. <3

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 26, 2014 at 8:45 am

      This comment made me SO happy!!!! Honestly, nothing makes me smile more than to hear about friends experimenting in the kitchen. Even if they are total failures at first! And trust me Kimby, I still screw up ALL the time. As long as they taste yummy it’s allllll good 😉

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    Tina Muir
    March 26, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Yes! I bought strawberries the other day, and they taste even more amazing than I remembered! These look amazing! I made banana walnut streusel muffins last year, and they were beautiful! I bet these are even better 🙂

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    March 26, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Friiiiiiieeeeend, I have so many overripe bananas and oats to use up. Will you come over and make me muffins?
    I need you to.

    I’m so excited for berry season. And spring. It keeps snowing and I hate it!!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 26, 2014 at 8:43 am

      You’re not allowed to complain. The view outside your window looks my view look like a crack den…oh wait, it is.

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    Parita @ myinnershakti
    March 26, 2014 at 8:39 am

    These are definitely getting made soon! I’m just scared that Vishnu and I will eat them all in one sitting (it’s known to happen around here with good food!).

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    Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body
    March 26, 2014 at 8:54 am

    This sounds like the perfect recipe for spring like breakfast (blueberries always reminds me of sunshine). I even have most of the ingredients for this!

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    March 26, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Ahhhh a cuffin…I think I would like that! I like dense muffins…cake is my thing….forever and always. Also anything with the word struesel in the title is going to be made immediately at my house. Because, streusel.

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    March 26, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Can I really email C at

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    March 26, 2014 at 9:41 am

    OH MY! I need to make these RIGHT NOW! Blueberry is my favorite!

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    March 26, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I love, love, love berry season! I’m so excited for raspberries, strawberries and blueberries! 🙂

    This muffins looks absolutely fantastic! I think the streusel may be my favorite part!

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    March 26, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I think I would want a cuffin! This emailaddress better be valid…. 🙂
    And I am already in the berry fever – but I must be good and not buy them all cause they’re not local yet….booh!
    I am a streusel picker. Mom hates me for that a little.

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    March 26, 2014 at 10:08 am

    OHMYGOD can we go berry picking this summer?! I don’t think I’ve ever actually picked my own. But that being said, I stalk farmers markets for blueberries and strawberries once the season comes around.

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    March 26, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Mmm cuffins…I like the idea of cuffins because they seem healthier than cake (even if they aren’t). I love all things blueberry as well, so I can’t wait for them to start showing up (and on sale!)

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    Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate
    March 26, 2014 at 10:28 am

    This just makes me even more anxious for berry season…3 more months…I have actually never been berry picking (gasp) so that is definitely on my to do list this summer!

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    March 26, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Yay I have ALL these ingredients! Totally making these tonight 🙂

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    March 26, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Haha you are hilarious! I am very excited for berry season! I hope I can get out and get some good ones from the farmer’s markets. These muffins look delicious and I want one right now!

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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    March 26, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Mhmm these are cute little gems! That pecan streusel makes me swoon 🙂

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    March 26, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Totally excited about berry season! They have been teasing me lately with decent blueberry prices and then last week took that away from me. I can’t wait to be able to buy them in bulk at cheap prices! These muffins look fab btw. Just fab.

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    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    March 26, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Everytime you say ‘bloobs’ all I can think of is boobs… No wonder c likes these muffins 😉

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    Megan @ The Skinny-Life
    March 26, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    These look delicious! I have my own blueberry oat muffin recipe but i need to try this one because that topping looks yum!

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    March 26, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I’m ready for berry season and all kinds of fresh fruits – my boys tend to eat more fruit when we have fresh stuff around!!!
    I love crunchy tops on muffins!!!

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    Mary Frances
    March 26, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous! All your hard work majoring in “Foodgawker” paid off! 🙂 Isn’t it fun when experimenting with more/less yolks, etc. works? These look so good!

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    March 26, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I’m definitely excited for berry season. I’ve still been buying fresh berries, but they’re just so darn expensive, especially for organic and the taste can be hit or miss. I love the look of the pecan streusel on these muffins. My kiddos love a streusel topping, so I’ll definitely be giving these a try soon!

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    Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds
    March 26, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Yes I’m excited about berry season!! Every strawberry I bite into right now tastes like nothing. I don’t know why I keep buying them (yes I do. I’m stubborn) but I just need to wait it out.

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    Shashi @
    March 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I sure am waiting for berry season to kick off – but, Davida, you might be onto something with “cuffins” they could be the next big thing maybe even topping “cronuts” 😉
    I could eat this streusel topping with a shovel!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    March 26, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Legit I think I’m gonna make these today. Would you hate me if I cut the recipe in half? I think I’d have some serious guilt if I ate all fifteen in three days, which would totes happen. Love me some blueeeebes!

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    Lisa Eirene (@LisaEirene)
    March 26, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    These look SO amazing. I’ve been craving blueberry muffins for awhile now.

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    March 26, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    you had me at streusel. Because i like saying streusel. and i looooove me some muffins

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 26, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      I’ve been saying “streusel” with a very strong german accent all week. I think my man is ready to kick me out lol!

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    March 26, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I just bought a bag of frozen blueberries because I cannot wait any longer for berry season! I can’t wait to get using them 🙂 These look awesome!

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    Cailee @
    March 26, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Wow!! These look amazing!! So fresh and delicious!! YUM! thanks for sharing!

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    Cara's Healthy Cravings
    March 26, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I am pretty certain I would love these muffins! Streusel is the best 🙂
    I love love love berry season.

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    kathy @ vodka and soda
    March 26, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    berries are my favorite! i eat them year round and put them in everything – shakes, overnight oats, yogurt, salads. and those muffins need to get in my belly!!

    Vodka and Soda

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    March 26, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Well, hello there, muffins. 😉 SO stoked for berry season! We’ve already been chowin’ down on strawberries!

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    March 27, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Oh hell yes I’m excited for berry season! I’ve been getting berries here and there all winter from local farmers but it’s not the same – not to mention I’m not exactly sure how they’ve been growing them. Sure it’s California, but it gets too damn chilly at night for strawberries! Pretty sure they grow them under tents or something but any who, yes, bring on the summer fruit!

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    March 27, 2014 at 12:16 am

    These look ah-mazing! I love blueberry muffins and I’m definitely going to try the pecan streusel, because everything is better with streusel 🙂 I too am looking forward to berry season. We’ve had some good fresh blueberries lately but the raspberries have been pretty tart.

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    March 27, 2014 at 7:52 am

    YUM! So excited for berries 🙂 how do you get it so the muffins don’t stick to the liners?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 27, 2014 at 9:16 am

      You have to use a little bit of oil in the batter! I’ve tried keeping muffins totally fat free (only using applesauce) but I end up eating the muffin liner instead lol. So just make sure to add at least one tablespoon of oil or butter 🙂

      Also you can buy silicone liners that work great too! I used papers in this recipe cause they were prettier but you can pick up really good silicone liners (some are bad and don’t work!) from Fish’s Eddy if you’re ever in flatiron!!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    March 27, 2014 at 11:36 am

    im so excited for berries and possibly make these muffins first.

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    March 27, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Hhaha ohhh Petunia probably loves sales! I also have 2-3 bags of frozen blueberries in my freezer. Win! PS LOOOOVE these photos so much.

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    March 27, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    It’s never too soon to celebrate berries season! I can’t wait!!!!!!!! Also, my freezer is stocked with tons of berries too, so these needs to happen here soon. Oh ow, they look amazing!

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    March 28, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Let’s get this out of the way right now…you are not a weirdo! 🙂
    I sure do love muffins. They are perfect on the go. However, I’m realizing how bad for you they really are so I’m definitely into light and healthy muffins like these. They look delicious. 🙂

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    March 30, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Let’s take a moment to reflect on the fact I’ve been craving this exact creation but have been too lazy to create a recipe on my own. I have to make these asp. Gotta grab some peeks (pecans) at the store today. Also I LOL-ed at the thought of C eating three of these with ice cream on top haha.

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    April 3, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Dude, you totally had me at bloobs! Blueberry muffins are at the TOP of my love list! And I can’t WAIT for berry season…or summer…or warm weather…or having an excuse never to wear pants! Yeah, totally my thing!

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    Barb Foster
    February 26, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    I made these for my friend who is gluten and dairy free and they turned out amazing! Definitely will make again!!

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